Heart of Deception (TLC Tour Review)

Book cover for "Heart of Deception" by M.L. Malcolm.Title: Heart of Deception

Author: M. L. Malcolm

Publication Year: 2011

Pages: 352

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Source: Review copy from the publisher, for TLC Tours

From the cover:

A man of many contradictions, Leo Hoffman is a Hungarian national with a French passport, a wealthy businessman with no visible means of support, and a devoted father who hasn’t seen his daughter in years. He is also a spy.

Recruited by the Allies to help lay the groundwork for their invasion of North Africa, Leo intends to engage in as little espionage as possible — just enough to earn his American citizenship so he can get to New York and reunite with his daughter, Maddy. But while Leo dodges death in France and Morocco, Maddy is learning shocking truths about her father’s mysterious past — haunting knowledge that will compel her down her own dangerous path of deception and discovery.

I’m always intrigued by historical fiction. In my experience, most novels of this variety are either really good or really bad – there isn’t much in the way of in-between.

Heart of Deception leaned towards the good side of the scale. The characters were interesting, and the situations they were placed in were even more so. I really loved all of the twists and turns of the plot, particularly where it concerned Leo. I kept hoping that he would be reunited with his daughter, and that everything would work out!

For the most part, I felt the same about Maddy. I was a little disoriented by her relationships with certain men in the middle of the book, though – I guess it made sense for her character, but what happened with one of those men in particular (I don’t want to give much away, so I’m not telling you who) was just … strange. Interesting, but strange.

There were also characters that I didn’t really like, to be honest. Like Maddy’s aunt. I just couldn’t get over my suspicion of her right from the beginning, and it tainted everything I felt about her through the rest of the book. And let’s just say, that the woman who Leo originally left Maddy with? Vicious bitch. I know that’s what she was supposed to be, but wow. I wanted to reach through the pages and strangle her.

Although this is a “spy book”, it really felt to me as though it was mostly about the characters and their relationships with each other. Heart of Deception is also a sequel, really – it comes after Heart of Lies – but I didn’t find that a problem even though I only read it as a stand-alone novel. I was still just as entranced, and it didn’t seem to matter that I had jumped right into the middle of things instead of having all the backstory.

I had a hard time putting this down once I started reading. Hopefully, you will too!


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1 thought on “Heart of Deception (TLC Tour Review)”

  1. I’m glad you didn’t feel that you’d missed anything by not reading the previous book! I have that one on my shelf and really need to make the time to read it soon so I can read this book afterward – it sounds like one I’d really enjoy.

    Thanks for being on the tour.

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